Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide and Reader / Edition 4

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This convenient and flexible tool combines three books into one¿a rhetoric, a research guide, and reader¿for an exceptional value. Also available in an alternate version with a Handbook section. Discussion of strategies for successful reading stresses the basic strategies to help read critically; the updated and expanded Argument Chapter includes new information on exploratory arguments and more suggestions on organizing arguments; the Research Paper chapter includes more information on using on-line catalogs and databases, material on using visuals in reports, and a very handy review that can be used as a checklist for those writing research papers. For those writing research papers, preparing arguments, or reading critically.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780134398600
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Writing: A First Look.

2. Planning and Drafting Your Paper.

3. Strategies for Successful Reading.

4. Revising and Editing Your Paper.

5. Narration: Relating Events.

6. Description: Presenting Impressions.

7. Process Analysis: Explaining How.

8. Illustration: Making Yourself Clear.

9. Classification: Grouping into Categories.

10. Comparison: Showing Relationships.

11. Cause and Effect: Explaining Why.

12. Definition: Establishing Boundaries.

13. Argument: Convincing Others.

14. Mixing the Writing Strategies.

15. Paragraphs.

16. Effective Sentences.

17. Diction, Tone, Style.

18. The Essay Examination.

19. Writing About Literature.

20. Business Letters and Résumés.


21. The Research Paper.

22. Documenting Sources.

23. Additional Research Strategies: Interviews, Questionnaires, Direct Observations.



The Perfect Picture, James Alexander Thom. Sound and Fury, Dan Greenburg. Momma's Encounter, Maya Angelou. For My Indian Daughter, Lewis Sawaquat.

When the Full Moon Shines Its Magic over Monument Valley, John V. Young. The Barrio, Robert Ramirez. Assembly Line Adventure, Lesley Hazleton. Once More to the Lake, E.B. White.
Process Analysis.

Fast Track to Perfection, Ian Dunbar. From “The Spider and the Wasp,” Alexander Petrunkevitch. Let's Get Vertical!, Beth Wald. Can Generation Xers be Trained?, Shari Caudron.
Illustration. MAHEADS = Binge Drinking, A Campus Killer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. “Rambos of the Road,” Martin Gottfried. “Going for Broke, Matea Gold and David Ferrell. “The Company Man,” Ellen Goodman.


What Are Friends For?, Marion Winik. The Men We Carry in Our Minds, Scott Russell Sanders. A Tale of Four Learners, Bernice McCarthy. Which Stooge Are You?, Ron Geraci.

Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts, Bruce Catton. Conversational Ballgames, Nancy Masterson Sakamoto. Barbie Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Mariflo Stephens. Private Language, Public Language, Richard Rodriguez. Coming Home, Marjorie Waters.
Cause and Effect.

Old Father Time Becomes a Terror, Richard Tomkins. I Refuse to Live in Fear, Diana Bletter. Why Marriages Fail, Anne Roiphe. Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples.

The Sweet Smell of Success Isn't All That Sweet, Laurence Shames. The Blended Economy, Marc Zwelling. The Insufficiency of Honesty, Stephen L. Carter. When Is It Rape?, Nancy Gibbs.

Yes, Don't Impede Medical Progress, Virginia Postrel. Crossing Lines, Charles Krauthammer. The Misguided Zeal of the Privacy Lobby, Alan Ehrenhalt. Halt and Show Your Papers!, Barbara Dority. I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr. A Journalist's View of Black Economics, William Raspberry. Close the Borders to All Newcomers, Daniel James. Give Us Your Best, Your Brightest, Stephen Moore.
Mixing the Writing Strategies.

Blur: Cheetahs. Ranchers. Hope, Susan Zimmerman. Gender Gap in Cyberspace, Deborah Tannen. From “Social Bodies: Tightening the Bonds of Beauty,” Deborah A. Sullivan.
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